Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

Friday, March 24, 2017
Public information and advocacy materials

Sustainable and livable cities are the way forward for the future of Asia-Pacific. The 2030 Agenda implementation urges to advance urban SDG with other SDGs, related to resilience of water infrastructure adaptable to climate change. To respond to regional needs for sustainable and resilient cities, in particular to follow-up on recommendations of sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum(APUF-6), Habitat-III, and other regional and global meetings, ESCAP has designed a new self-paced e-learning course for policy makers and practitioners on “Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities.”

The overall framework of Integrated Urban Water Management, follows Integrated Water Resource Management principles to implement the long term strategic vision for sustainable urbanization, reinforced with innovative tools of measuring progress and appropriate scales of action at household, community and city levels. The structure of the e-course is providing insights of the five thematic priorities to enable the dynamic policy transition, namely on : 1) drinking water and human well-being, 2) reclaiming water by using urban wastewater as a resource, 3) viewing water for economic activities and development, 4) restoring ecosystem functions, and 5) preparing for water-related hazards and effects of climate change. After taking Quiz and submitting a case study, participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the e-Learning Course of ESCAP.

The framework, measuring progress of SDG-readiness is illustrated through best practices, policy briefs, holistic strategies and approaches of good urban governance. For example, application of the flood control technologies to the water infrastructure could serve as a preventive measure to the high water inflow level increase. These technologies are already used to detect drought, like in Mongolia and Sri Lanka, before the risk is eye-witnessed. Seoul and Nagoya, for instance, have already benefited from real-time water pollution monitoring systems (Integrated Water Quality Management) that maintain the recommended level of surface water quality in their cities. Geographic Information System (GIS), spatial planning tools and even information that satellite generates are becoming more affordable and accessible due to regional cooperation and technology development. Because of the efforts of ESCAP, member states today have free access to real data information in time series. Such achievement could help policy makers, practitioners and scientists of developing countries to integrate centralized planning tools of an informed decision making power with the decentralized Implementation at the household and city levels. Better planning would reduce risks of the recurring water-related disasters. More information on ESCAP’s work could be found at the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (ICT & DRR) Gateway .

Thanks to the professional contribution of network experts and colleagues from ESCAP, the e-learning course is now available to further sensitize policy makers and to foster utilization of full benefits of water-resilient infrastructure, achieving inclusive, safe and sustainable cities of the region and their SDG-readiness. You may wish to learn more, by taking the e-learning course at:


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